This course equips graduates with a unique understanding of the world as well as the skills to pursue a career in government, politics, charities, NGOs, and more.

Taught by the School of Economics, Department of Philosophy and School of Politics and International Relations, it offers a holistic approach to understanding the world around us.

You will apply the complementary analytical frameworks of philosophy, political science and economics to gain a rich understanding of the roots of, and solutions to, real-world problems. It is probably no coincidence that many world leaders have studied philosophy, politics and economics.

You will spend a third of your time studying modules in each discipline. The modules offered are tailored to the interdisciplinary nature of the course, binding the three elements into a coherent and rigorous programme of study.

Year one

You will take modules across each discipline. Modules in mathematics and statistics form part of the first year allowing you to take a wide selection of economics modules in your final year.

In your first year you also take a year-long study skills module to ensure that the transition to university study is smooth. You will also take a year-long module that focuses on career skills and employability, including guidance on preparing your CV, interview techniques and applying for internships.

Year two

You will take modules across each discipline with more choice of optional modules. You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options.

Year three

You can take either 40 credits' worth of politics, philosophy and economics modules, or 60 credits of modules from any two of these disciplines.

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Entry requirements

A levels: A*AA excluding general studies, leisure studies, and global perspectives and research (A*ABB for those taking four full A levels and completing them in the same year)

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 7 (A) or above, unless taking it at A level

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.0 in speaking and listening)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia and Canada.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.


A degree from Nottingham can give you a head start in your career. You will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent skills in philosophy, politics, and economics, as well as transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

You will have the capacity to grasp complicated economic concepts, whether they are mathematical or philosophical in nature. You will be highly adept in analytical reasoning, clear presentation of ideas, constructive discussion and the ability to articulate complex ideas and lines of reasoning in accessible ways.

You will also develop specialist knowledge of political ideas and concepts, international issues, and political systems that will enhance your global career prospects.

Our graduates opt for a wide variety of careers, including investment banking, accountancy, tax consultancy, working in government offices, auditing, management consultancy, print and television journalism, councillors in local government and many more.

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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